What is your interpretation of the term “business-friendly municipality”?
David Lythgoe: A business-friendly municipality is one that combines high service levels at realistic, transparent tariffs with low taxes and administrative burdens. These things depend on efficient current management to make the most of current resources, and efficient capital investment in infrastructure and human resources to make the most of scarce capital. This efficiency requires an understanding of the market economy and the role of government in ensuring a ‘level playing field’ – and otherwise not interfering. It requires innovative thinking, good planning, and simple, transparent and corruption-free administration. A municipality that can provide this is friendly not only to business but to all of its citizens.
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